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Catherine A. Giessel
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Alaska State Senate District N
In office
January 24, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 26, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$50,400/year
Per diem$234/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsNext election = November 4, 2014
Bachelor'sUniversity of Michigan
Master'sUniversity of Alaska-Anchorage
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
Personal website
Catherine "Cathy" A. Giessel is a Republican member of the Alaska State Senate, representing District N. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Giessel served as a Committee Member/Chair/Vice Chair for the Alaska Republican Party from 1997 to 2008.


Giessel earned her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Michigan and her M.A. in Nursing Science from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Her professional experience includes working as a nurse and owner of a healthcare consulting business.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Giessel served on the following committees:

Alaska Committee Assignments, 2013
Community & Regional Affairs, Vice-chair
Resources, Chair
State Affairs, Vice-chair
Administrative Regulation Review, Vice-chair
Legislative Budget and Audit
Legislative Ethics


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Giessel served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Giessel's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Energy
Excerpt: "Our energy resources, including traditional hydrocarbon sources (like oil, gas and coal) and innovative sources (like geothermal, wind, solar, and tidal) should be developed for the maximum benefit of Alaskans. I applaud the private entrepreneurs and Native Corporations who are investing in hydroelectric and coal gassification projects."
  • Economy
Excerpt: "Currently our State addresses economic planning just one year at a time. That horizon is too short to adequately address long-term constitutional mandates such as education and healthcare obligations. For budgeting and resource development we need to extend our planning vision. The Legislature also needs to take a hard look at what services are within the State's role and what are best provided by the private sector."
  • Resource Development
Excerpt: "Alaska has not had unemployment rates as high as the 9.8% seen nationally... yet. But at 7.6% unemployment, Alaskans should be concerned. Resource development jobs are a critical part of our economy and job creation. North Dakota, which has very business-friendly policies, has unemployment about 3%."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I am a cosponsor of SB 106 "K-12 Scholarship Program," which would allow State funding for each child's education to be managed by that child and his parents. This would permit families to choose the education format that best meets that child's educational needs. The House version of the bill is HB 145."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Wise consumers use insurance to help offset risks that they could not afford to bear on their own. No one can afford to be insured for every possible risk in life, but we should be free to buy whatever type of insurance we determine that we need. Rules that force us to buy insurance plans that are bloated with government mandates are unfair and costly. In fact, requirements that we purchase health insurance are also unfair."



See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alaska State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 19, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Harry T. Crawford, Jr. was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Catherine A. "Cathy" Giessel was unopposed in the Republican primary. Crawford will face Giessel in the general election.[2][3][4]


See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2012

Giessel won re-election in the 2012 election for Alaska State Senate District 14 (N). She defeated Joe Arness in the August 28, 2012 Republican primary and defeated Ron Devon (I) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

Alaska State Senate, District 14 (N), General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine Giessel Incumbent 59.1% 10,405
     Independent Ron Devon 40.9% 7,202
Total Votes 17,607
Alaska State Senate, District 14 (N) Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine Giessel Incumbent 67.9% 3,964
Joe Arness 32.1% 1,878
Total Votes 5,842


See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2010

Giessel defeated Jennifer B. Johnston and Mark W. Moronell in the August 24 primary. She then defeated Democrat Janet L. Reiser and Independent Philip Dziubinski in the November 2 general election.[8][9]

Alaska State Senate, District P General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Catherine A. Giessel (P) 9,255
Janet L. Reiser (D) 7,042
Philip Dziubinski (I) 2,072
Alaska State Senate, District P Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Catherine A. Giessel (R) 4,315
Mark W. Moronell (R) 2,147
Jennifer B. Johnston (R) 1,976

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Giessel is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Giessel raised a total of $245,662 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 1, 2013.[10]

Catherine A. Giessel's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Alaska State Senate, District N Won $97,059
2010 Alaska State Senate, District P Won $148,603
Grand Total Raised $245,662


Giessel won re-election to the Alaska State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Giessel raised a total of $97,059.
Alaska State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Catherine A. Giessel's campaign in 2012
Giessel, Catherine A (Cathy)$13,863
Anchorage Republican Womens Club$5,000
Associated General Contractors of Alaska$2,000
Penney, Robert C$1,000
Jansen, Jim$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$97,059
Source:Follow the Money


Giessel won election to the Alaska State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Giessel raised a total of $148,603.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Alaska

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In 2014, the 28th Alaska State Legislature was in session from January 21 to April 20.

Legislators are scored on "how supportive they are of Alaska’s private business sector."[11]


In 2012, the 27th Alaska State Legislature was in session from January 17 to April 15. It was in special session from April 15 to April 30.[12]

Legislators are scored on "how supportive they are of Alaska’s private business sector."[11]


Giessel and her husband, Richard, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alaska State Senate District N
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Con Bunde (R)
Alaska State Senate District P
Succeeded by
Dennis Egan (D)